Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
Shirdi Sai Baba temple is one of the most famous and richest temples in India. This temple was built in 1922 in Shiradi town of Maharashtra which is 296kms from Mumbai. Ramnavmi, Guru Purnima and Vijayadashami are the major festivals that are celebrated with great enthusiasm and passion. Every day thousands of people come to this temple, festival days it may reach to lakhs. The principles of Sai Baba (like love, charity, forgiveness) are spread through the land of Shirdi, which has been made holy by the pure soul. Sai baba of shirdi is treated as god of all. Shirdi is considered as a sacred place for hindus and muslims.
In the recent past all religious people including orthodox Christians, zoroastrains started worshipping Sai Baba of Shirdi.
Sai Baba was a born to a Brahmin couple of Patri which was in the Nizam state of British India. Where his parents handed over him to the fakir. These were the words revealed by baba in his last days. But Date of birth is still unknown to the world. There are lots of communities who claims that Baba belong to their respective communities but none of them proven.
Baba was completely opponent to orthodoxy, Hinduism, Christianity and muslim. Baba asked his devotees to to lead a ordinary life. He asked his followers to chant holy words ,god’s name and asked his devotees to read their respective holy books. He avoided all hindu rituals and permitted muslims to follow Namaz, reading of Quran at festival times.
How to reach Shirdi
To Reach Shirdi From Pune*
Shirdi is approximately 220km from Pune Railway Station and Pune Airport one way and there many private travel operators provide services for Shirdi by Private Car and Private Bus Call +919049194242
There are many buses connecting Shirdi to cities such as Mumbai (250 Km), Hyderabad, Pune, Nasik (80 Km),Bangalore. There are abundant, very convenient bus packages from Hyderabad. The road connectivity between Mumbai and Shirdi is good, except in certain stretches. Convenient overnight buses also ply this route. It takes around 4 hours from Mumbai to Shirdi. It takes around 5 hours to travel from Pune to Shirdi through bus. It takes around 20 hours from Bangalore. There are many bus operators from Bangalore e.g. KSRTC but it is advisable to travel by sleeper coaches instead of pushback.good
Shirdi is accessible via the Ahmednagar-Manmad State Highway No.10, approximately 83 kms from Ahmednagar and 15 kms from Kopargaon.
It is approximately 240 km from Mumbai on the Eastern Express Highway.
It is approximately 200 km from Pune. The Ahmednagar route is better than the Sangamner Route in terms of road quality.
Pune to Shirdi Travel time is approx 3 to 4 hour only.
Trains from all over India come in the vicinity of Shirdi. One can take trains till
Shirdi Sai Nagar (2 Km from the Sai Samadhi temple) OR
Kopargaon (15 Km from Shirdi) OR
Manmad (65 Km from Shirdi) OR
Nasik (80 Km from Shirdi) OR
Mumbai (250 Km from Shirdi) OR
Taxi from station till Shirdi
From Kopargaon, one can take a taxi till Shirdi (Rs. 200-300 on full fare) or a shared van (Rs. 20-30 per person).
From Manmad, one can take a taxi till Shirdi (Rs. 600-800 on full fare) or a shared van (Rs. 50-80 per person).
From Nasik, one can take a taxi till Shirdi (Rs. 800-1000 on full fare) or shared van or MSRTC bus (Rs. 90-100).
Shirdi has no airport. The nearest airports are at Aurangabad, Nasik, Mumbai and Pune. From Pune Airport it will take 4-5 hrs approx. if you rent a car. People prefer to goa shirdi via Pune Airport.